ERIC Number: EJ760270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 43
The Effects of a Second-Grade Social Studies Curriculum Infused with Positive Aging Concepts on Children's Attitudes towards Aging
Hembacher, Diane; Cruise, Mary J.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v34 n1 p58-97 Win 2006
As the number of elderly people in our society increases, it becomes especially important for children to develop positive attitudes towards elders and towards their own aging. The American Association for Health Education has recommended the infusion of positive aging concepts in the K-12 curriculum. This qualitative study investigated the effects of a second-grade standards-based social studies curriculum infused with positive aging concepts on children's attitudes towards aging. Aging concepts were incorporated by means of two strategies: literature portraying positive images of older people, and interviews with elders. Triangulation of results from a word-association task, a brainstorming task, a discussion, and teachers' journals indicated that there was a positive change in children's perceptions of aging. Findings suggest that the teacher plays a key role in guiding discussions. In addition, children reported favorable experiences with both literature and interview activities. The following are appended: (1) 4 Tables; (2) Outline of Course Model "Exploring Family Roots"; and (3) Guest Interview.
Descriptors: Grade 2, Aging (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Social Studies, Health Education, Childhood Attitudes, Instructional Effectiveness, Childrens Literature, Older Adults, Interviews, Attitude Change, Teacher Role, Student Diversity, Low Income Groups, Class Activities, Brainstorming, Journal Writing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California